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GCL System increases revenue by 88% as GCL New Energy adds over 1GW to grid in 1H 2016
26 Aug 2016 at 6:15pm
China-based PV Manufacturer GCL System Integration Technology (GCLS) and downstream PV energy provider sister company, GCL New Energy (GCLNE) have both released strong financial results for the first half of 2016.

Battery storage dominates UK’s National Grid EFR tender results
26 Aug 2016 at 4:00pm
Battery storage has dominated the outcome of the National Grid’s 200MW Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) tender, with the technology to be used for balancing services at grid scale for the first time in the UK.

BurnhamEYE mobile app simplifies and streamlines PV systems audit process
26 Aug 2016 at 1:51pm
US-based Burnham Nationwide has developed the BurnhamEYE, a mobile application that provides a consistent and secure way of documenting, reporting, and archiving data in order to verify the quality and code compliance of solar installations.

Movers and shakers: SolarCity, Tigo, REC Solar and life-saving at Strata
26 Aug 2016 at 1:06pm
This week's solar movers and shakers featuring salary sacrifice at SolarCity and feats of life-saving at Strata Solar.

ROUNDUP: Vivint in Florida, India off-grid tech, Ikea Washington rooftop, ET Solar Norway rooftop
26 Aug 2016 at 12:48pm
Vivint opens up in Florida, India proposes new off-grid tech, Ikea installs Washington's largest rooftop, ET Solar deploys Norway store rooftop.

Democratic Republic of Congo gets its first solar-plus-storage minigrid with Tesla batteries
26 Aug 2016 at 12:09pm
Not-for-profit GivePower Foundation, created by US firm SolarCity, has installed the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) first minigrid using solar and battery storage at Virunga National Park.

Meteocontrol provides monitoring systems to 18MW Japan PV project
26 Aug 2016 at 11:33am
meteocontrol, a subsidiary of Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE), is supplying a monitoring system for an 18MW solar park by developed by Advantec in Japan.

REC Solar begins production of 72-cell ‘TwinPeak’ modules
25 Aug 2016 at 2:56pm
Integrated PV module manufacturer REC Solar said it started volume production of its previously introduced 72-cell ‘TwinPeak’ module, using half-cut cells and PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Contact) cell technology.

GCL-Poly posts expected strong shipments and revenue in 1H 2016
25 Aug 2016 at 1:43pm
Leading polysilicon and multicrystalline wafer producer GCL-Poly Energy Holdings has reported first half 2016 financial results that as expected benefited from the downstream boom in China that kept both polysilicon and wafer prices high.

SolarCity job losses top 100, claim local reports
25 Aug 2016 at 1:38pm
The job losses announced by SolarCity last week could impact more than 100 employees, according to reports by local paper The Mercury News.

JinkoSolar becomes global solar module shipments leader in 1H 2016
25 Aug 2016 at 1:22pm
‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member JinkoSolar has reported the second consecutive quarter of solar module shipments that were higher than leading SMSL rival, Trina Solar.

Brazil government open to dialogue after currency slump hits energy projects
25 Aug 2016 at 12:13pm
Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) is proposing to allow solar developers that won projects in the 2014 auction to cancel them with a reduced penalty fee.

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REC launches 72-cell version of the TwinPeak Series solar PV panel – rated up to 340 Wp
26 Aug 2016 at 11:09am
REC, a European brand of solar panels, reports it has begun mass production of the new TwinPeak 72 Series solar panel. With a nominal power of up to 340 watt peak, the REC TwinPeak 72 Series is bigger in size, delivers even higher power output per m2, and is ideally suited for commercial, industrial, and large-scale applications worldwide, the company emphasizes.

GivePower Foundation launches solar minigrid program for communities in the developing world
26 Aug 2016 at 11:06am
The GivePower Foundation (San Mateo, California, U.S.), a non-profit organization that uses clean energy technologies for the developing world, has launched a global program to support the development of minigrids – solar power and battery storage combinations capable of providing continuous power to a small village or cluster of buildings – for communities in need. The new solar-powered grids will be applied to projects that impact the sectors education, water, health, food security, economic development, telecommunications and conservation.

J.v.G. Thoma delivers a 30 MW PV production line to first customer in Brazil
26 Aug 2016 at 10:34am
J.v.G. Thoma GmbH (Freystadt, Germany) is delivering a DESERT turnkey solar photovoltaic (PV) production line to Brazil, the company announced in August 2016. With a capacity of 30 MW, this is a small semi-automatic DESERT production line, but still a flagship in terms of DESERT solar PV module production and electricity generation in the country, now fully functional and ready to start with operation, J.v.G. Thoma emphasizes.

BNEF: Used EV batteries to transform stationary energy storage
26 Aug 2016 at 11:13am
The electric vehicle (EV) market is set to grow quickly, but so far there has been no consensus on a ‘second-life’ for the many used EV batteries. In a new report, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF; London and New York) senior analyst Claire Curry has compiled the first data and shows that low-cost stationary energy storage could be available sooner than previously thought.

SolarTown installs first commercial net-metered rooftop PV system at historic Bombay Presidency Radio Club
26 Aug 2016 at 9:54am
SolarTown Energy Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (Chennai, Tamil Nadu), a pioneer in India's solar industry, on August 24th, 2016 announced the installation of a 41 kW net-metered solar rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system at the historic Bombay Presidency Radio Club, one of Mumbai’s oldest clubs. The Bombay Presidency Radio Club, which opened in 1928, gained its name and historical significance for being the first radio station to broadcast in Mumbai.

Solar to the People study ranks cost of residential solar PV for each New York region
26 Aug 2016 at 9:49am
As residential solar photovoltaics (PV) become more and more popular in New York state, Solar to the People (San Diego, CA, U.S.) published a study that finds that large differences persist across the state when it comes to solar pricing. According to the study, the average cost of purchasing home solar PV in New York in the first half of 2016 was USD 16,426, after rebates and incentives.

JinkoSolar Q2, 2016 results: PV Module shipments increased by 7.3% to 1.7 GW
26 Aug 2016 at 9:20am
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (Shanghai, China) on August 25th, 2016 announced its unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 30th, 2016. Total solar module shipments were 1,716 megawatts, 204 MW of which were used in the company’s downstream projects. Total solar module shipments increased by 7.3% from 1,600 MW in the first quarter of 2016 and 87.9% from 913 MW in the second quarter of 2015.

WFW advise BayernLB on UK solar PV portfolio financing
26 Aug 2016 at 8:02am
International law firm Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) advised BayernLB in connection with the financing of eight solar PV plants of up to 5 MW each at five sites across England and Wales, three of which are community interest companies (“CICs”). BayernLB provided long term, secured project financing of circa GBP 30m, partly refinanced by the German KfW renewable energy support scheme. The solar plants were acquired by the German asset manager Luxcara for its fund portfolio for institutional investors.

IKEA to install Washington’s largest rooftop solar array: 1.18 MW in Renton
26 Aug 2016 at 7:55am
Swedish home furnishings retailer IKEA on August 24th, 2016 announced plans to install solar photovoltaic (PV) panels atop the relocated Seattle-area store under construction in Renton (WA, U.S.). Installation of the 1.18 MW PV array will begin this fall, with completion expected in winter.

Vivint Solar expands availability of residential solar power into Florida
26 Aug 2016 at 7:49am
Vivint Solar (Lehi, Utah, U.S.), a provider of residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in the United States, on August 25th, 2016 announced its expansion into Florida, with availability beginning in the Tampa Bay area. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Florida has among the highest electricity consumption in the nation, with annual household electricity consumption approximately 30 percent higher than the U.S. average.

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